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Let’s Secure the Cloud by Ceasing Incidents Right from the Cloud

Abdeslam Afras

Nov 25 2019

2019 is just another year where cybercriminals are demonstrating their supremacy in the digital world. Their sophistication is growing as they are able to capsize any target. Cybercrimes are spreading in different molds, proving the failure of the conducted defensive mechanisms. Security professionals are now more concerned and frustrated every time a cyber incident happens. The information security community is now questioning the effectiveness of security programs. Nevertheless, one of these programs is Incident Response (IR), which is the operation of addressing and managing cyber-attacks minutes, maybe seconds, after they occur.

There is no time for desperation. Just like how cybercriminals’ techniques are becoming more quintessential, our duty is to suppress this progress and stay persistent by developing powerful digital forensics and incident response (DFIR) solutions to become more effective and sharp enough to cut the incidents seconds after they take place, especially in cloud environments.

The issue with DFIR in the cloud.

Many reports imply that security professionals are still worried about the dangers that threaten public clouds. In the SANS 2019 Cloud security survey, responders concur that the inability to respond to an incident is still a major issue as it comes in the second position (52%) after the threat of unauthorized access to data by outsiders (56%). Though, ineffectual incident response is nothing but another damage as it has some hard-wired challenges.

Lack of visibility is a granular issue as today’s modern cybercrimes are way more targeted than ever before. An intruder may be residing in the depth of the cloud infrastructure, stealing data surreptitiously, all due to the lack of visibility of what data is being processed and where it’s forwarded.

The misunderstanding of what information is needed and what information is available is another dilemma Dev Sec Ops suffers from. There might be tons of logs and data from different sources, but how to make use of these logs, how to look for events and make use of all that, is the real issue.

What’s of concern is the skills gap that’s hitting the cybersecurity industry, shredding the efforts of professionals to counterattack. The same report states that almost half of the responders (41%) indicated that the lack of skilled staff within the organization is a major concern, too.

However, the dwell time, which is the time between the attack and detection, is estimated to be 90 days or longer on average. The consequences are costly and scary. This includes financial costs and reputational damage.

Considering all of this, the need for a powerful incident response operation is needed more than ever.

Sharpen your weapon.

In case of a cyberattack, teams need an incident response plan set in place, well prepared with powerful integrated solutions to help investigate attacks at the early stages.

For this reason and more, AccessData applications can be deployed from the cloud, letting the emergency response team (ERT) run an incident response operation with powerful, fast and scalable tools. Now ERT can ingest large volumes of data, investigate, and store it in a secure location. With the aggregated database architecture and one shared case database, all the involved parties can now work on cases with much velocity in hand.

Also, professional investigators, even non-technical users, can benefit from AccessData, with cornerstone features to conduct holistic and detailed investigations.

Furthermore, and to help IT teams be more flexible, AccessData offers professional services to install, configure, manage, and maintain the software, including backups and updates. Not only this, but to reduce the costs of handling a cyber incident, now teams can scale storage and pay for what they need, all at an affordable price.

Summary

In general, these cybercrimes will continue to coexist with the digital world. Their numbers are only getting higher and more frightening. Be that as it may, security professionals and investigators will continue to offload all their efforts to stifle the cybercriminals. As an industry leader, AccessData has taken the charge to elevate its core applications to the cloud for scalable, rapid, and inexpensive SaaS solutions. Now customers can benefit from all AccessData offerings on either the Amazon Web Services® or Microsoft® Azure® cloud platforms.

Check out ADCloud solutions and see how AccessData applications are now ascended to the cloud for a scalable, low-priced, and enhanced Incident Response.

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